In those instantaneous seconds from clicking on the link to arriving at the home page of Crosby's blog, I had already thought up varying ideas on what the blog would look like ("messy"), what the layout would be (pictures/images of colored pencils and crayons), and the content (arts & crafts and DIY projects, duh. Hello Pinterest!) At first I thought his website was going to be more of this:
(Probably the coolest thing I've ever seen on Pinterest!)
NOPE! (But, I was right about the design and layout with images of "messy" school supplies though!)
And what I found was even better! After scrolling down on his blog I noticed one post that grabbed my attention, mostly because of the images with computers and kids! Crosby had collaborated (via technology) with teachers from other classrooms in other states using Skype! He also had his students write blogs almost every day as well as create a wiki page after a trip to the local animal park! The wiki includes student researched information about animals in a lesson and a video on how to "design" your own animal! Another cool way the students used technology in the classroom was when they had a guest speaker: Grace Corrigan (the mother of Christa McAuliffe aka the "Teacher in Space" who tragically died when the Challenger space shuttle exploded during launch). Crosby set up Skype to include classrooms in Virginia and New York so the students there could take part and ask questions! Very neat!
Even though it may not be a feat as "tremendous" as the ones listed above, Crosby used Skype in a way that I know I will implement in my classroom one day. Crosby set up Skype to include a sick classmate. *tear!* It may not seem very "technological" or advanced, but that's not the point here, the point is that sometimes kids can't come to school, be it sickness, or suspension, or some other reason. And it's not their fault they miss out on education from the classroom. There's already enough pressure from administrators, parents, and state standards, on teachers today. So why not? Why wouldn't you want to include an "absent" student through the use of Skype?
Link to Brian Crosby's "Learning is Messy" Blog